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Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution / Edition 1
     

Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution / Edition 1

by Richard Stites
 

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ISBN-10: 0195055373

ISBN-13: 9780195055375

Pub. Date: 09/28/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The revolutionary ideals of equality, communal living, proletarian morality, and technology worship, rooted in Russian utopianism, generated a range of social experiments which found expression, in the first decade of the Russian revolution, in festival, symbol, science fiction, city planning, and the arts. In this study, historian Richard Stites offers a vivid

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The revolutionary ideals of equality, communal living, proletarian morality, and technology worship, rooted in Russian utopianism, generated a range of social experiments which found expression, in the first decade of the Russian revolution, in festival, symbol, science fiction, city planning, and the arts. In this study, historian Richard Stites offers a vivid portrayal of revolutionary life and the cultural factors--myth, ritual, cult, and symbol--that sustained it, and describes the principal forms of utopian thinking and experimental impulse. Analyzing the inevitable clash between the authoritarian elements in the Bolshevik's vision and the libertarian behavior and aspirations of large segments of the population, Stites interprets the pathos of utopian fantasy as the key to the emotional force of the Bolshevik revolution which gave way in the early 1930s to bureaucratic state centralism and a theology of Stalinism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195055375
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1991
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
Introduction 3(8)
Part I From Dreaming to Awakening 11(48)
1 Social Daydreaming Before the Revolution
13(24)
Utopian Mentalities
13(1)
Popular Utopia: Justice, Community, Rebellion
14(5)
Administrative Utopia: Parade, Facade, Colony
19(5)
Populism: Vision and Counterculture
24(6)
Marxism: City and Machine
30(7)
2 Revolution: Utopias in the Air and on the Ground
37(22)
A New World
37(4)
The Dreamer in the Kremlin
41(5)
War Communism as Utopia
46(6)
Beyond the Green Wall
52(7)
Part II Living the Revolution 59(106)
3 Revolutionary Iconoclasm
61(18)
Vandalism: War on Luxury
61(3)
Iconoclasm: War on Signs
64(4)
Nihilism: War on Culture
68(4)
Makhaevism: War on Intellectuals
72(4)
Anti-Iconoclasm
76(3)
4 Festivals of the People
79(22)
Days of Revolution
80(3)
Early Signs of Bolshevism
83(5)
Moscow: Talking City
88(5)
Petrograd: Theater City
93(4)
Ritual and Carnival
97(4)
5 Godless Religion
101(23)
Godkillers and Godbuilders
101(4)
Storming the Heavens
105(4)
Rituals of a Counterfaith
109(6)
Proletarian Morality
115(4)
The Missing Faith
119(5)
6 The Republic of Equals
124(21)
Equality and Justice
124(2)
Russian Levellers
126(5)
Dress, Speech, and Deference
131(4)
Utopian Miniature: The Conductorless Orchestra
135(5)
Privilege and Revolution
140(5)
7 Man the Machine
145(20)
The Cult of Ford and Taylor
146(3)
Utopian Robotry
149(6)
The Struggle for Time
155(4)
The Art of Production
159(2)
Time, Space, Motion, Order
161(4)
Part III We: The Community of the Future 165(58)
8 Utopia in Time: Futurology and Science Fiction
167(23)
Time Forward
167(1)
Utopia, Science, and Futurology
168(3)
Maps of Heaven and Hell
171(8)
Decoding Revolutionary Fantasy
179(5)
Back to the Future: Nostalgic Utopia
184(6)
9 Utopia in Space: City and Building
190(15)
The Antiurban Impulse
191(2)
The Greening of Russia: The Disurbanists
193(4)
Supercity: The Urbanists
197(3)
Socialism in One Building: The House Commune
200(5)
10 Utopia in Life: The Communal Movement
205(18)
Native Traditions
205(2)
Communes on the Land
207(6)
Communes in the Town
213(6)
The Laboratory of the Revolution
219(4)
Part IV Dreams and Nightmares 223(32)
11 War on the Dreamers
225(17)
The End of Revolutionary Utopia
225(2)
Iconoclasm, Festival, Godbuilding
227(4)
Anti-Egalitarianism
231(4)
Fantasectomy: Utopia, City, Commune
235(7)
12 Conclusion
242(13)
Lunar Economics and Social Revolution
242(4)
Stalin and the Fantasy State
246(4)
The Fate of Revolutionary Utopia
250(5)
A Note on Sources and Abbreviations 255(2)
Notes 257(40)
Index 297

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